For fans of wrestling and its videogame counterparts, Yuke’s will be a name that should be a very familiar name. Even with the company’s history in delivering great wrestling games, its less-than-ideal split from 2K Games meant Yuke’s could go ahead with their own thing, and that is AEW: Fight Forever, a new title focused on the AEW brand made possible with the help of publisher THQ Nordic.
“One of the first things I did after signing with AEW was to ask Tony Khan to let me help assemble the best gaming team on the planet, to make the best wrestling game ever,” said Kenny Omega, EVP of AEW and former AEW World Champion and AEW World Tag Team Champion.
“Well, we just landed the perfect finisher by partnering with global publishing and distribution powerhouse THQ Nordic for AEW: Fight Forever. The THQ brand has long been synonymous with wrestling games – there is simply no more qualified partner to bring AEW Fight Forever to the millions of wrestling fans the world over.”
Releasing on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and the Nintendo Switch, players can look forward to pulling off the most current wrestling moves seen on wildly popular AEW programming, in addition to innovative tandem offensive moves. Online co-op wrestling is going completely next level with Tag Team matches that feature sequences of team manoeuvres performed with simple commands, while an extensive roster of the most popular AEW wrestlers, a deep career mode, create-a-wrestler, signature AEW arenas, multiple match types are part of the AEW: Fight Forever package.
“Kenny’s incredible vision for AEW: Fight Forever is informed by his wrestling pedigree both inside the ring and on the controller,” explained Executive Producer Reinhard Pollice, THQ Nordic. “Combine that vision with Yuke’s unparalleled wrestling game development history is resulting in an AEW experience that draws heavily on the arcade feel that first won wrestling gamer hearts more than two decades ago.”
“I am both gratified and excited to have the opportunity to work with AEW – who is breathing new life into the pro wrestling industry – and the THQ Brand, with whom we have created an entire era of pro wrestling games. Using the expertise we have cultivated over the years, we are taking on this project with the ultimate staff from the Yuke’s Development Team in order to recreate AEW’s appeal within a video game to the highest degree. We hope that fans will enjoy experiencing the most cutting-edge technology, and the next evolution, in pro wrestling gaming,” added Yuke’s president and CEO Yukinori Taniguchi.
While the confirmation of the game itself is great news, those hoping to see more gameplay of AEW: Fight Forever will need to take note. The game will be shown off further on 12 August as part of the THQ Nordic showcase, so keep your eyes peeled.